Goldendale runners start strong in Ellensburg, run in Gorge Cup today in Trout Lake
September 12, 2018
Although there were days with poor air quality which forced the team to practice inside, the smoke had cleared out by the time the first meets were set, and on Saturday in Ellensburg, both Goldendale teams finished third behind a couple of larger schools.
Led by a runner-up finish from junior Ellie Rising and a tenth place mark from junior Abby Hedges, the girls finished third as a team with 68 cumulative points, trailing just Class 3A Enumclaw (44) and Class 2A Ellensburg (30).
The boys, with a fifth place finish by senior Lucas Anderson's and seventh place showing from junior Corbin Riley, also finished third as a team with 89 points behind Ellensburg (43) and Enumclaw (24).
The Bickleton Pirates also were in Ellensburg, where sophomore Christian Arriaga (12th place) and senior Michael Gannon (17th) led the seven-person boy team while senior Hannah Binfet (31st) led the two-person girl team.
The 1.5 mile race was close to half the distance of the usual 5 kilometer (3.1 miles) races.
Anderson, the lone senior on both the boys and girls teams, picked up where he left off after last year's 26th place at the state championship meet. He came in fifth last Saturday in eight minutes, 23 seconds, and it was the first time in high school he ran in a meet with a 1.5 mile course.
Coming in six seconds after Anderson at 8:29 was Riley with junior Sterling Beasley following at 9:21 for 23rd place. Sophomore Austin Williams finished No. 4 for the Wolves at 9:41 and sophomore Mason Conroy finished in 9:52 in his first official cross country meet.
Freshman Alden Williams rounded out Goldendale's boy runners with a finishing time of 10:35.
With Rising (2nd in 9:40) and Hedges (10th in 10:57) leading the way for the girls, the three others weren't too far back.
The five girls qualified as a team last season for state, and should be right there again battling for another spot at the big race.
But after Hedges, juniors Kimberly Chestnut and Jade Smith finished back-to-back at 21 and 22 respectively. Chestnut stopped the timers at 11:31 and Smith was three seconds back at 11:34.
Junior Savannah Ross rounded out the five runners and placed 30th in 12:02 among the field of 58 runners.
The Pirates also opened the season in Ellensburg where Arriaga and Gannon ran strong in their first cross country meet since last year's state meet in Pasco. After Arriaga finished in 8:42, Gannon followed in 9:05.
After them, eighth grader Luke Binfet came in at 9:57, sophomore Hayden Andrews finished at 10:01, and senior Cesareo Arriaga crossed the finish line in 11:23. Junior Ethan Andrews (12:06) and junior Scott McBride (14:57) rounded out Bickleton's boys.
Both Bickleton and Goldendale, along with White Salmon, The Dalles, Trout Lake, and some other schools from Oregon and Washington, all will run in the first annual Gorge Cup Invitational in Trout Lake today.
It is both a middle and high school race, starting with the 2.5K girls middle school race at 4 p.m. followed by the 2.5K boys middle school race at 4:20. The varsity girls 5K starts at 4:45 with the varsity boys after at 5:20.
On Saturday, Goldendale will be in Cowiche for the Apple Ridge Run starting at 11 a.m.